Maple Grove’s offense came alive in a 12-1 win over Osseo last Saturday at Crimson Stadium.
The Crimson struggled offensively in the first three games but their show signs of life last week. Against Osseo, they scored nine runs in the first three innings to put the game away early.
A two-run single by DH Lukas Burrington, and a sacrifice fly by Nate Erickson in the first inning supplied an early 5-0 lead.
Isaac Collins racked up three RBIs on two hits for Maple Grove. He singled in the third inning and tripled in the fourth inning.
Fleet footed Adam Brant and Austin Mathison each tripled in the game.
Riley Byland got the win for the Crimson thanks to five strikeouts. Byland allowed one earned run, four hits and one walk over five innings.
Schulze shines in complete game four-hitter over Armstrong
Brett Schulze struck out 11, paving the way for a Maple Grove win. Schulze allowed one earned run, four hits and four walks over seven innings.
Blake Whitecotton went 1-4 and sparked the Crimson offense with a solo home run in the second inning helping Maple Grove to a 4-1 victory over Armstrong.
One Crimson base runner came all the way around to score in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings on hits by Erickson, Collins, and Jack Kuebelbeck.
Maple Grove third-inning burst enough to top Coon Rapids, 11-1
The Crimson shut the door early on Coon Rapids, capturing an 11-1 victory in six innings. With 10 runs in the first three innings, Maple Grove showed potential in breaking out of the early season hitting woes.
Twelve hits by seven different Crimson players were hammered out. Leading the hit parade was Mason McMahon 3 – 4 with a double and one RBI. Kuebelbeck and Mathison chipped in with two hits apiece, while Collins and Erickson each plated two RBIs.
Sophomore southpaw Joey Kmiec was the pitcher of record allowing one earned run, on four hits and two walks over five innings.
Offensive production lacking in 1 – 5 loss to Hopkins
The Crimson took an early 1- 0 lead in the second when Matt Vogl singled and was bumped to second on an Erickson sacrifice bunt. Advancing to third on a wild pitch, Vogl was eventually plated by a Kyle Anderson’s roller to the right side. The Maple Grove offense stalled out the remainder of the game mustering only two hits.
Hopkins never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring two runs on two singles.
Bubba Horton was charged with the loss. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed two runs. Mitchell Scott finished the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
After last week’s action, Maple Grove has now moved to a 3-3 record in Northwest Suburban Conference.
“It’s exciting to be moving in the direction of playing better baseball,” said Crimson coach Darby Carlson. “We had some solid pitching performances this past week and if our mental approach to hitting continues to improve we should experience the win column more often.”